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Adoption is the process whereby a child becomes a member of a new family, and adoption is a service for children. It creates a permanent, legal relationship between the adoptive parents and the child.
In recent years, adopting an Irish child has become increasingly rare. Many prospective parents now look abroad to adopt a child. This process is called intercountry adoption.
The HSE plays an important role in assessing possible adoptive parents and we also provide services to people who were adopted or fostered and may wish to trace their birth family.
From November 1st 2010, all adoption applications must be sent to a local HSE office. The HSE may contract services out to agencies accredited by the Adoption Authority.
To find out more about Adoption, Intercountry Adoption and Tracing your birth family click on the links on the left.
To contact your local HSE Adoption Service, choose your local office below:
I live in: Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary | Longford, Westmeath | Laois, Offaly | Galway, Mayo Roscommon | Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan | Donegal | Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow | Cork, Kerry | Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary |
Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary
Adoption Service, Parkbeg House2 Elm Drive Caherdavin LawnEnnis Road,LimerickTel. 061-206820/840/841Fax: 061-206822
Adoption Service,Tivoli RoadDublin Road, LONGFORDTel. 043 3350584Fax: 043- 9370748
Laois and Offaly
Fostering & Adoption ServicesDerry Suite, Castle BuildingsTULLAMORE,Co. OffalyTel. 057 9370700Fax. 057 9328107
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
CLANN Adoption ServiceHSE WestWestern Area Adoption CommitteeMerlin ParkGalwayTel. 091 775057 Fax 091 775047
Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan
Custom House No 2 The Quays Sligo Telephone 0719136550
County ClinicSt Conal’s CampusLetterkennyCo DonegalTel: 074 910 4716
Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow
HSE Adoption ServiceDartmouth House,Kylemore Road,Ballyfermot, Dublin 10Tel. 01-6201100Fax. 01-6201188
HSE North East Regional Adoption Service, Child and Family CentreSt. Mary's HospitalDublin RoadDrogheda Co. LouthTel. 041-9832963Fax. 041-9833067
Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford, South Tipperary
HSE South EastAdoption Service, 2 St. Andrew's TerraceNewtownCo. WaterfordTel. 051-860048Fax. 051-860396
HSE South Adoption ServicePáirc na gCrannSt Stephen's Hospital Sarsfield Court Glanmire Co CorkTel. No 021 4858650Fax no 021 4858625